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Pohatu Penguin Habitat

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8/2 Rue Balguerie | Wildside Booking Office, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
+64 3-304 8542
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Highly recommend Pohatu Penguins

Highly recommend Pohatu Penguins. It got us over to an area we wouldn't have been able to get to in... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Holiday_for_2
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Oh such a special experience!

We visited in early December. We didn't know what to expect and got a treat of seeing baby... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
redeel2018
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Pohatu penguins is a family owned business that offers 4WD safaris trip to the Largest Little penguin colony on mainland New Zealand. Conservation based tours include: -Evening penguin tours -Scenic nature safaris (2 or 4 hours) -Sea-kayaking with seals and other wildlife -24 or 48 hour package including accommodation in the middle of the penguin colony
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Travellers talk about
“nesting boxes” (31 reviews)
“penguins coming” (15 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
LOCATION
8/2 Rue Balguerie | Wildside Booking Office, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
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+64 3-304 8542

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Highly recommend Pohatu Penguins. It got us over to an area we wouldn't have been able to get to in our hire car giving us fantastic views of Akoroa Harbour from a different angle as well as the Pacific Ocean. The conservation reserve had a...More

Thank Holiday_for_2
Reviewed 2 days ago

We visited in early December. We didn't know what to expect and got a treat of seeing baby penguins, penguins returning from their fishing trip, penguins on the beach. Wow what really good work you all do and to see and understand what is involved...More

Thank redeel2018
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is a family-owned business doing incredible environmental work on the Banks Peninsula. We did the nature safari and the guide was so knowledgeable and brought us to secluded overlooks that were just mind-blowing. Then there are the penguins!!! The guides fed and swam them...More

Thank kvigness
Reviewed 6 days ago

Took the evening tour which involves a great journey through the countryside and magnificent views. Friendly staff provide plenty of information on the area, farm and efforts to protect the penguins. Feeding the sheep is obviously enjoyable for those who have never been involved with...More

Thank HughH01
Pohatu_penguins, General Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi Hugh, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience of your time spent with us and for pointing out that at times of the year penguins are in lower or higher number. For a couple of weeks late December, early January we...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Went on this tour expecting to just see little penguins. However, in addition to seeing penguins (which we saw a bunch of), we also saw stunning views of the bay, fed sheep, participated in penguin rehabilitation, and saw seals. We also learned of the history...More

Thank ShelbyAnn02
Pohatu_penguins, Front Office Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi, thank you so much for your kind review. We are so happy to hear your time with us exceeded your expectations. We at Pohatu love sharing our passion with people. All the best to you in your future travels!! Geraldine

Reviewed 1 week ago

We so enjoyed this trip, even though it was rainy and cold!!! We still had an awesome time exploring the countryside and being introduced to the penguins, sheep and the staff who clearly love what they do and who they do it for, (the animals...More

Thank allyj003
Pohatu_penguins, General Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi there, Thank you very much for your nice feedback and enthusiasm to come despite not very kind weather. Not something we can control but we are always trying to make the tour enjoyable which is not too hard when we are working with such...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

It is incredible the work you do to help protect the penguins and increase their numbers, allowing us the privilege to view them in the wild. It is the second time I have been and look forward to visiting again when I next get back...More

Thank Leighann C
Pohatu_penguins, Front Office Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Oh thank you so much Leighann! It's so nice to read and always a good sign for us when visitors are coming back (and willing to come back again!). We are looking forward to seeing you again and wishing you all the best for the...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Our guides were amazing, The views and penguins!! We had booked to go Kayaking but the wet weather meant that this was not a option but the alternative was a amazing experience and we all had a great time. This was one of all our...More

Thank Karritree76
Pohatu_penguins, Front Office Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you very much for taking the time to share your experience with us. Indeed that's a shame we couldn't offer you the Kayaking option this time : the weather is fairly changeable in NZ and of course, totally out of our control ;) I'm...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I chose to spend the very last day of 2017 in the companion of like minded people and locals such as Ben, Kevin, the farmers of the Penguin Project and the penguins themselves. A great way to emerse in beauty, appreciation and...More

Thank dolphinsights
Pohatu_penguins, General Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi guys, Thank you so very much for your kind words. It means a lot to us. It is always a pleasure to share our passion with others, and I'm so glad that we can bring inspiration to our visitors. We wish you all the...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Myself, my husband and our 9yr old daughter went on the 48hr package. From start to finish it was a wonderful experience. Our guide, Kevin, on the journey there was a fountain of information. He answered questions I had never asked but had always wondered....More

Thank karencrussell928
Pohatu_penguins, General Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi guys, Thank you so very much for kind words about your stay with us. The Pohatu package is certainly a very good way to enjoy the area and the conservation work we do with the penguins. I have been living in the area for...More

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rumiahmad
9 January 2018|
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Response from RuthMiltonKeynesUK | Reviewed this property |
Yes I agree with the replies above
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Tina G
2 November 2017|
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Response from Pohatu_penguins | Property representative |
Hi there, Yes there is , We pick people up from the Akaroa main wharf on cruise ship days here, the tour starts from there with a scenic Drive over to pohatu penguin habitat, We have 2 land based tour options the 2 hour... More
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calebbrewster
24 April 2017|
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Response from Pohatu_penguins | Property representative |
Hi there, Sorry we don't do pick ups from Christchurch, But the French connection Shuttle works well with all Pohatu penguin day tours. They get you to Akaroa around 10am-10.30am and depart around 4pm , it gives us time to... More
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